badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
On tap at Urge. Dark reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Big caramel apple and sour fruit aroma and taste with a tart candy finish. hivemind (933) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2011
On tap @ RnH w Erica, James, Paul, Jess, Christian, Jared and Rachel. Pour is deep red with a medium off-white head. Smell is acidic and sour. Flavor is sour and everything else is muted, but moderate tartness and smooth mouthfeel are enough to make this good. Very little spice, or it’s overpowered. Not complex. kenwall17 (284) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2011
STRONG Ale for sure. Plummy-apricot fruit is intense. I dont usually go for fruit beers, this one is ok. Perhaps it is better to not provide the ABV... I might have a heart attack if I knew what is was, my sense is that it’s in the low teens. vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Draft at Rattle ’N’ Hum. Dark pour with some tan head. Some fruit, wood, light chocolate and touch of almost wine like warming. Messy. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2011
notb draft pour from the ithaca table listed as nycbw bbl-blend. color is brown and it has a little bit of a head. aroma has oak barrels, some wine, and a hit of bourbon. mouth feel is fairly light but it is a pleasant drinker. flavor brings out a bit more barrel, wine tannins, fairly mild acidity and tartness, and some dark fruit. interesting beer for sure.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2011
In short: A strong sour-ish dark ale that throws a bunch of stuff at you. A fun mess.HonusWagner (2250) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2011
How: Tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2011, Night Of The Barrels
The look: Cloudy burgundy body topped by a small beige head with good retention
In long: I noted this beer as “Ithaca Geektoberfest” because I think I remember getting it from the Ithaca stand. I hope I’m rating the right thing, that’s the only Geektoberfest I could find. Anyway, the nose and taste were all over the place. I notes sourness, roast, dark fruits, tannins, vinous, milk chocolate, grapejuice, booze, acetic acid, vanilla. And I could go on and on. This is more of a jumble of stuff than a complex beer per say. But the beer was fun mess. For beer geeks only, and with a name like Geektoberfest it’s pretty obvious this is a beer for beer geeks only. But craftbeer is so popular now. If we laid all the craftbeer lovers end to end we could circle of the planet. And 70% of us would drown.
A clustermess of a beer, but it somehow worked out to be rather good. A downright sour strong ale-like object with a good dose of caramel malt sweetness. How the hell did this come out this way? But it didn’t taste like it was unintentionally infected, so it was pretty good. Fred82 (2332) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
Sample at NOTB 2011. According to my notes, this was served under Ithaca Brewery.deyholla (12588) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Appearance : Dark brown.
Aroma : Quite chaotic but not bad. Notes of vanilla, raisins, other fruits. Reminded me of those pepsi candies.
Taste : Sour and tannic. Some grapes and raisins. Light roasted malts and caramel. Light brett maybe.
Overall : Nice stuff but very chaotic. Nice nose. Surprisingly well balanced. Nice example of a crazy blend that ended-up somewhat elegant.
Sampled from the tap at NotB. Poured a cloudy copper amber with a brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma had a red wine tart note with some sweet grain, sweet bread and a bit of earthiness and a good amount of backing barrel. Flavor started with slightly sour red fruit with a growing sweet bread and grain note that leads in to a slightly dry finish with some backing barrel. j12601 (13298) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 Pouring at the Blind Tiger for Mike’s 50th birthday extravaganza. Had to throw this in as an edit due to putting my rating of Ithaca’s soured barrel aged version of this in the wrong spot. Problem now solved. Pours a light ruby and cola brown with a thin beige head. Malty, sweet, light soy sauce aromas. Sweet toast. Long pruney malt. Light booze, malt, more sweet malty soy sauce.